Persons with Disabilities

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Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes such as less education, poorer health outcomes, lower levels of employment, and higher poverty rates.  Poverty may increase the risk of disability through malnutrition, inadequate access to education and health care, unsafe working conditions, a polluted environment, and lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Disability may also increase the risk of poverty, through lack of employment and education opportunities, lower wages, and increased cost of living with a disability. Pakistan urged the world community to mobilize financial resources to provide assistive technology devices, products and services to the more than 1 billion persons with disabilities in an effort to improve their living standards, independence and social inclusion.  The international community step up its efforts to fulfill sustainable development needs of persons with disabilities by implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Member states, United Nations and business enterprises create employment opportunities by providing reasonable accommodations, as also reservation of employment quotas for persons with disabilities;  Developing and Least Developed Countries be provided necessary funding through International Financial Institutions, ODA (official development assistance) and donor assistance to help persons with disabilities improve their living standards. Furthermore in order to ensure inclusion and access to social protection programmes and universal health coverage. Likewise, member states and the United Nations re-double their efforts to make infrastructure accessible; and, Pakistan also called for urgently deal with Human rights violations of persons with disabilities in conflict settings and situations of foreign occupation. “Addressing developmental needs and ensuring human rights of persons with disabilities is crucial for creating inclusive and participatory societies.

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